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Spiced rice, chilli lentils & lamb koftas recipe

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Rice and lentils are often eaten in our home and this is one of our favourite recipes, the rice part is easily adapted by taking out or adding the ingredients and flavours as required, we often have the rice and lentils with fish, tofu, chicken or any other meat. Here’s the recipe:

Spicy Rice:

Ingredients:

1 x cup rice

Large knob of butter

1.5 cups water

1 x tsp stock powder (or a cube)

pinch salt and pepper

2 x eggs

1 x small tin peas

1 x cup finely chopped mushrooms

1 x finely chopped onion

1 x tsp cumin

1 x tsp tumeric

1 x tsp corainder

1 x tsp gram masala

1 x tsp tikka spice

Method:

Add the water, rice, butter and stock to a saucepan and bring to the boil, As soon as it boils, mix it, turn off the heat and cover with a lid wrapped in some muslin or a tea towl, leave whilst you prepare the flavouring:

In another pan, add the eggs (beat them once they are in the pan) cook on a medium heat and mix until nearly solid, add the rest of the ingredients and cook together until all of the ingredients combine and then falll apart a little. Add this combination to the pan of rice, mix together and then cover until rice is soft and fluffy. Done!

Chilli Lentils:

Ingredients:

1 x cup lentils (any type or mix different types)

1 x pint water

1 x tsp chilli flakes

1 x tsp cumin

1 x tsp tumeric

1 x tsp coriander

seasoning

1 x tsp gram masala

1 x tsp tikka spice

Method:

Add all ingredients to a pan and bring to the boil, turn down the heat to a simmer and cook on the stove until the lentils are tender (time changes depending on which lentils are used) Season and flaour to taste once cooked.

Lamb Koftas:

Ingredients

500g minced lamg

2 x cloves garlic

1 x finely chopped onion

1 x tsp cumin

1 x tsp tumeric

1 x tsp corainder

1 x tsp cinamon

seasoning

dash of lemon or lime juice

Method:

Add all of the ingredients to a bowl, using a spatuala or your hands, mix together and once all of the ingredients are combined, shape into sausage shapes. Set in the fridge for 20 mins and then fry on a high heat to seal, followed by a medium to low heat for 10-12 minutes until cooked all the way through.

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Around the Year by Elsa Beskow

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The books on my baby girls’ shelf  are a lovely collection, some of them are beautiful vintage childrens books which were mine as a child, a couple belonged to my brother and sister and I have collected a few from charity shops and ebay too. Last week, Little ‘T’, my Mum and I went for a trip to a lovely shop and chose this book. We already have a couple of books by Elsa Beskow as I just LOVE the illlustrations, this is the latest to the collection. I wish I could draw like this, I’ve been doing some sketching over the past couple of weeks just nowhere near this good!

Spring is on it’s way………..

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Hooray for some signs of Spring, a little wander in the garden today and I caught some signs of sunshine on it’s way. (Hurry up!)

LOVE my Mum

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Now that the ball is well and truly rolling with our move to Australia, so are my emotions. The thought of leaving behind friends and family is so very upsetting, but the thought of leaving my Mum is almost unbearable. I know it’s the right thing to do for little ‘T’ above and before my own thoughts on if it’s right for my husband and I, the future for my baby girl in Australia seems so much more promising than the future for her in the UK.

Something as big as this move has really made me stop and appreciate my Mum, I expect like all Mums, at times you are the same, at times you clash, but right now, and from now on, I greatly admire my Mum for all that she has achieved and what she has done for me. If I can have with my baby girl the relationship that I have with my Mum, then I know I will have done a good job. Never have I known anyone to show me so much love and be so positive . She has taught me the most important lessons in life, and I know she put me first just like I will do for my baby girl.

From lavender to sewing, loving to home-making, Thanks Mum, for showing me how to be a Mum and for being the best Mum in the World, Love you x

Birthday present has arrived.

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This beautiful present arrived this morning from my husband, it is my Birthday present and was a little delayed as had to come from the USA. I’m so pleased with it. We were posted a sheet of paper where we managed to easily get a print of my baby girl’s hand (and got a couple of her feet too), this was scanned over to a really helpful lady called Joanne who runs a store called ‘The Silver Sculptor’ – her Etsy store can be found here

Make do and mend……

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I absolutely adore the clothes that Boden do, especially for babies and young children, I found this little dress on ebay for just 99p as it had a slight hole in it, so I bought it anyway hoping that some inspiration would arrive and then I came accross these cute little ‘clothes plasters’ by Jennie Maizels – It took minutes to iron on – can’t wait for some sunny days when little ‘T’ can wear it!

Spicy chorizo whole grain couscous

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This recipe has sort of evolved from a similar one which uses chicken though we find that the Chorizo sausage makes it much more tasty (also works well with any other sausage or meat). It only takes 25 minutes to cook and hardly any prep time at all so is great if you don’t have much time.

Ingredients

4-6 sausages (approx 400g chicken/meat)

1 x large red onion thinkly sliced

250g cherry/baby plum tomatoes

1 x mug soaked and cooked chickpeas (or a full can)

2 tsp chilli flakes/chilli powder

a glug of olive oil

600ml stock

400g whole grain cous cous

juice of 1 x lemon or lime

seasoning & coriander, parsley, thyme or oregano – depending on what meat is used

Method:

In a pre-heated oven (somewhere around 200C) add to a large roasting tin the tomatoes, sausages, onion, chickpeas, chilli and oil, cook for approx 10 mins

Add all remaining ingredients and mix up, return to oven for a further15 mins or until cous cous is fluffy (takes less time if not using whole grain)